In Tribute and in Memory
15 July 2020 – Jai Sen
Contributors to The Movements of Movements books who have walked on
As the Movements of Movements project expands beyond the original books series and its generative conversations, we regret that several among our number are no longer with us - adding a special responsibility for all of us to ensure that their ideas may engage with new realities and new movements.
Daniel Bensaïd - walked on, January 12, 2010
The late Daniel Bensaïd (1946-2010) was a key participant in ‘the movement of May 1968’ in France when he was a student at the University of Nanterre, as an activist in the Ligue Communiste Révolutionnaire (LCR, ‘Revolutionary Communist League’). He continued through his life to be a leading member of the LCR. He was born in Toulouse in 1946 and died on January 12 2010. An alumnus of the École normale supérieure de Saint-Cloud, he also taught philosophy at the University of Paris VIII. He was the author of thirty books and towards the end of his life, ran the magazine Contretemps (Editions Syllepse). A specialist on Marx, among his books are Karl Marx - Les hiéroglyphes de la modernité [‘Karl Marx - The hieroglyphics of modernity’] (Textuel, 2001), Marx l'intempestif : Grandeurs et misères d'une aventure critique (XIXè, XXè siècles) [‘Marx activation : The highs and lows of an adventure critic (nineteenth, twentieth centuries)’] (Fayard 1995), and Le sourire du spectre [‘The smile of the spectrum’] (Michalon, 1999), and Marx mode d’emploi [‘The Marx Manual’] (La Découverte, 2009).
Daniel Bensaïd contributed an essay to The Movements of Movements series, an earlier essay of his that he specially re-worked for us, ‘The Return of Strategy’, and that came out in The Movements of Movements, Part 1 : What Makes Us Move ? (edited by Jai Sen; New Delhi : OpenWord, and Oakland CA : PM Press, 2017).
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Fouad Kalouche - walked on, October 20, 2016
The late Fouad Kalouche was Associate Professor of Philosophy at Albright College, in Reading, Pennsylvania, in the US. He wrote on theories of transformation, political subjectivation and social ontology (relying on Nietzsche, Foucault, Lazzarato, Lordon, and others). He died of drowning in Cuba, while trying to save two children; the children were saved, he could not be.
Together with Eric Mielants, Fouad co-authored ‘Antisystemic Movements and Transformations of the World-System, 1968–1989’, which was published in The Movements of Movements, Part 1 : What Makes Us Move ? (edited by Jai Sen; New Delhi : OpenWord and Oakland, CA : PM Press, 2017).
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Francois Houtart – walked on, June 6, 2017
The late François Houtart was a Catholic priest, liberation theologian, and scholar of movements. The last position he held was as Professor at the Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales (National Institute of Higher Studies) in Quito, Ecuador. He was closely associated with the Fundación del Pueblo Indio del Ecuador (Foundation of the Indigenous Peoples of Ecuador) and Vice President of the World Forum for Alternatives. From earlier on, he was the founder of CETRI (Centre Tricontinental), a Belgian non-governmental organisation, and Special Representative of the President of the General Assembly of the UN in the Commission on the Reforms of the Financial and Monetary System, headed by Joseph Stiglitz. He was one of the initiators of the World Social Forum, and former chair of the International League for the Liberation of the Peoples and an expert for the Vatican Council II. As a sociologist, he wrote more than forty books, and founded the magazine Alternatives Sud.
François Houtart contributed two essays to The Movements of Movements series : ‘Mahmoud Mohamed Taha, Islamic witness in the contemporary world’, which was published in The Movements of Movements, Part 1 : What Makes Us Move ?, edited by Jai Sen (New Delhi : OpenWord and Oakland, CA : PM Press, 2017), and ‘ ‘We Still Exist’ ’, which was published in The Movements of Movements, Part 2 : Rethinking Our Dance (edited by Jai Sen; New Delhi : OpenWord and Oakland, CA : PM Press, 2018).
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Peter Waterman – walked on, June 17, 2017
The late Peter Waterman (1936-2017) taught for many years at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, in The Netherlands, and while there, was founder and editor of the Newsletter of International Labour Studies. After retirement from 1998, he published various monographs, (co-)edited compilations and numerous academic and political papers – the latter almost all to be found online -, and self-published his autobiography (From Coldwar Communism to the Global Emancipatory Movement : Itinerary of a Long-Distance Internationalist, available @ http://www.into-ebooks.com/download/498/). His work was published in English (UK, USA, Canada, India), German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. He had papers posted on the Montevideo-based Choike portal and compilations on the Finland-based Into website, and a blog on UnionBook. He was associated with, amongst others, the Programa Democracia y Transformación Global (Lima), with two online journals, Interface : a Journal for and about Social Movements, the Global Labour Journal, and with the Indian Institute for Critical Action - Centre in Movement (CACIM) in New Delhi. At CACIM, he co-edited books on the World Social Forums. After retirement he had invitations for teaching, lectures, and seminars from universities and/or movement-oriented bodies in Peru, South Africa, Sweden, Finland, Hong Kong, Germany, South Korea, the US, Ireland, and the UK.
Peter Waterman was Contributing Editor for The Movements of Movements series, where we included just one of his many essays, ‘The Networked Internationalism of Labour’s Others’, that appeared in The Movements of Movements, Part 1 : What Makes Us Move ? (edited by Jai Sen; New Delhi : OpenWord and Oakland, CA : PM Press, 2017).
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Samir Amin – walked on, August 12, 2018
The late Samir Amin was Director, Third World Forum, located in Dakar, Senegal, and Chair, World Forum for Alternatives, based in Cairo, Egypt, and in Louvain, Belgium. An economist and intellectual, he was regarded as one of the foremost thinkers on the changing dynamics of capitalism. Since 2001, he had been actively associated with the World Social Forum as well as the regional fora. Amin had authored many articles and books, including Accumulation on a world scale (1970), Transforming the revolution : Social movements and the world system (1990), Beyond US Hegemony : Assessing the Prospects for a Multipolar World (2006), A Life Looking Forward : Memoirs of An Independent Marxist (2006), Ending the Crisis of Capitalism or Ending Capitalism ? (2010); Global History : A View from the South (2011), and The People’s Spring : The Future of the Arab Rebellion (2012); and with François Houtart, in 2002, he edited Mondialisation de resistances : L’etat des lutes 2002 (‘The Globalisation of Resistance : The State of the Struggles 2002’, in French), Paris : L’Harmattan / Forum Mondial des Alternatives.
Samir Amin contributed a major essay to The Movements of Movements series : ‘Towards a Fifth International ?’, which was published in The Movements of Movements, Part 2 : Rethinking Our Dance (edited by Jai Sen; New Delhi : OpenWord and Oakland, CA : PM Press, 2018).
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Jeff Juris - walked on, June 18, 2020
The late Jeff Juris (Jeffrey S. Juris) was an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and was the author of Networking Futures : the Movements against Corporate Globalization (Duke University Press, 2008) and Global Democracy and the World Social Forums (co-author, Paradigm Press, 2008), as well as numerous articles on social movements, transnational networks, new media, and political protest in Spain/Catalonia, Mexico. In addition, he was the co-editor of Insurgent Encounters : Transnational Activism, Ethnography, and the Political (Duke University Press, 2013). He also conducted collaborative research about and published on Occupy Boston, including a 2012 article in American Ethnologist called ‘Reflections on #Occupy Everywhere : Social Media, Public Space, and Emerging Logics of Aggregation’. Towards the end of his life, he was working on a new book about free media and autonomy in Mexico.
Together with Geoffrey Pleyers, Jeff contributed the following essay to The Movements of Movements series : ‘Incorporating Youth or Transforming Politics ? Alter-Activism as an Emerging Mode of Praxis among Young Global Justice Activists’, which came out in The Movements of Movements, Part 2 : Rethinking Our Dance (edited by Jai Sen; New Delhi : OpenWord and Oakland, CA : PM Press, 2018).
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